SPALDING RFC U/13s 24 MARKET RASEN RFC U/13s 7: SPALDING delivered their best performance of the season so far as they stormed into the NLD semi-finals.
With a dominant pack of forwards that managed five strikes against the head and crisp handling by both the forwards and three-quarters, Town ensured that Rasen were never in the game in this top-of-the-table qualifying clash.
From the off Spalding pressurised their opponents and the ball was pounced on by JJ Faulkner, who set up a position for man-of-the-match Corey Lewis to drive on.
He was stopped short, but managed to offload the ball for Oliver Johnson to cross the line wide out on the left for the opening score.
Spalding were now firing on all cylinders and, when a clearing kick was gathered by Mark Hendy, he made good ground and cleverly drew his tackler before setting Lewis free to race down the touchline to score another unconverted try.
In the 22nd minute Will Fletcher was stopped just short of the line after a scrum, but Lewis was able to pick up and force his way over for a try which Johnson converted – handing Town a 17-0 lead at the break.
The second half began with Rasen making a determined effort to get back into the game, but Spalding stood firm.
After a fine period of play, Spalding then secured the ball from a lineout.
The ball was then passed out to Hendy, who cut back in and forced his way through a group of Rasen defenders to score beneath the posts. Johnson converted.
With the game won and a few minor knocks, Spalding began to ease their vice-like grip on the game and Rasen were able to score a consolation converted try just before the final whistle.